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Fresh Thoughts is the monthly on-line newsletter of Second Harvest

Making a Difference

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April is special at Second Harvest, not just because the temperatures are warmer, but it’s a month to honor our volunteers – those special people who work tirelessly side by side with us to bring food to families in need. April is National Volunteer Month and we’re proud and happy to recognize our volunteers for their accomplishments. Whether it’s tackling the endless list of projects and tasks or just their positivity – we couldn’t do it without them. Last year, 2,216 volunteers sorted 1.6 Million pounds of food and grocery products. Our volunteers do the work of eight full-time employees!
To all those who volunteer at Second Harvest – thank you!

The spirit of volunteerism is an essential ingredient at Second Harvest and our hope is to allow more members of our community to be part of our work. If you are inspired to help in your community reach out to us to find out more about how you can volunteer! There are so many opportunities –sorting food donations, welcoming visitors at our front desk, bring food to families at one of our school food pantries or packing up boxes for low-income seniors – and so many ways to give. We hope you will consider joining our volunteer ranks.

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Hunger Hero

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Second Harvest is fueled by selfless individuals and groups who join in our mission to grow hope in our region by ensuring our neighbors in need have the food necessary to work, learn, and thrive. We like to call them “Hunger Heroes” here at Second Harvest. We’re proud to spotlight individuals and groups who are fighting hunger in our neighborhoods. Today’s spotlight: Northwestern Mutual’s Giardini, Zavodny, & Associates.

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Walmart to Help Fight Hunger

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Walmart and Feeding America have teamed up for a nationwide campaign this spring that runs from April 17 through May 15. Fight Hunger. Spark Change. gives Walmart customers simple ways to make a real contribution to Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Volunteers Make a Difference

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This is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. The late President George H. W. Bush designated April as the national month to celebrate and honor volunteers as part of the 1000 Points of Light campaign in 1991. As a result, each year at this time, we try to take some time to focus on the gift of our volunteer corps and shine a light on all they do, in joy, happiness and gratitude.

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Julie's Notes

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As we move through this unpredictable winter in Ohio, our excitement is building for Harvest for Hunger season! Our largest fundraising initiative of the year, the Harvest for Hunger campaign officially kicks off on Tuesday, March 5 from 4PM – 6PM at our Happy Hour event at Second Harvest led by our 2019 Honorary Harvest for Hunger Chair, Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President of Lorain County Community College. Be part of the most successful food and funds drive in the nation – Click Here – and help us meet our goal to raise 1.25 Million Meals for families in need in our region.

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